Saturday, July 17, 2010

Thoughts on the Suicide of a Believer

Personally, I have been thinking a lot about the heart of God, which He Himself has told us is the heart of a shepherd toward His sheep, and a Father towards His children.

I've been contemplating the mercy Jesus showed toward those who died, whose families grieved, toward the children who threw themselves in the fire.

Jesus said sick people need a doctor, not healthy people. He has a doctor's heart, too.

According to the scripture, if you believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, you will be saved.

It only took one look at the serpent on the pole in Exodus for the plague to be healed. Just one look.

Jesus said all manner of sins would be forgiven men, except the sin of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. ALL manner of sins? That's what He said. I am stunned at the magnanimousness of what He said. But He plainly showed while He was here on earth that He did in fact have the authority to forgive sins, to the anger and disgust of the Pharisees.

The scripture says that all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. It doesn't say 'all fit persons who have their lives together and call on the name of the Lord'.

To quote some of the old hymn Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy:

Let not conscience make you linger
Nor of fitness fondly dream
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him

I take comfort myself in the character of Christ. Jesus said, "If you've seen me, you've seen the Father."

He is the fulfillment of the all the law and the prophets, not us. He fulfilled every jot and every tittle of both the righteous requirements of the law, and of the suffering the consequences of the breaking of the law, which we are ALL guilty of. In Him, all the promises of God are 'yes' and 'amen'.

Heaven is not offered to us based on our works, but on His works. The law was written so that all men everywhere would recognize their failure to fulfill it. And He said, "I have come that they may have life, and that more abundantly."

When Jesus was asked 'What must I do to work the works of God?'
He answered, 'Believe on the One whom He sent.'

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